Sonntag, 26. November 2017

WIPocalypse - November

Guess what - I am in time for WIPocalypse this month! Yay me! And there is a good chance that I might be on time next month as well, since I have a few days off around new year ;-)
This wonderful SAL is hosted by Measi and you can find the link-up here.

This months question is about finishing techniques, but since I hardly finish anything, I don't really have a lot to say about this. Mostly I finish Mill Hill ornaments, which I just finish by gluing some felt to the back and making a hanger. Apart from that I finish smaller designs and frame them, so nothing special there. I plan on maybe stitching a cushion, so this would be a new way of finishing for me ;-)

I am not entirely happy with my progress this month. I worked on three projects this month, but with two of them I was thinking that I wanted to get more done. Also, I wanted get some work done on my Mill Hill project Hydrangeas, but what I have is not even worth showing...

But for the projects I did get some work done on:
First up is my Golden Kite project Crossing the Stream. I did some work on it last month and finished the second page this month. I went from here:
To here:
I had some drama with the fabric, it was torn. Fortunately it was not anywhere near the stitching, so I sewed some fabric to prevent further damage (as you can see in the picture)- I don't pull the tension to tight, but it works. I think the trees and the leaves on this piece look absolutely amazing and I am looking forward to getting back to this =)

The second project I worked on is my Supersized SK Storykeeper by Josephine Wall, I stitched two more columns and I am colose to finishing page 4 - one of the things I didn't get done this month... new try for next month...
I went from here:

To here:
The butterfly is full of confetti and it took ages to stitch it, but I think it is soooo pretty! I hope to show more of it next month =)

The third project I worked on is my Kreimhilds Revenge - as every month. I stitched two columns, I wanted to get another one done to finish the page, but I just didn't have enough stitching time
I went from here:
To here:
The stitchcount is now 128 400, so I am officially past the halfway point on her - yay! The next goal is to finish the fourth row of pages - 15 columns to go. I won't be able to do that this year, but it should not take to long to do that =)

I think that's all I did for this month. Happy stitching =)

Samstag, 18. November 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL November

Winter truly is a bad time for me to be on time with my SALs. When I get home after work, it is already dark outside and all the pictures I take look awful. So I took some pictures this morning and they look ok.
But here is my GG SAL update for this month. You can find everybody's progress here =)

First up is my usual update on my Map of Middle Earth, another 2000 stitches added.
I went from here:
To here:
I am a bit sick of those mountains by now, they just take ages to stitch because they are very confetti heavy. This is maybe the most confetti heavy section of the chart so far. I am 42 000 stitches in by now, so I guess this is the ultimate answer to life and everything concerning Middle Earth ;-)

The second project I worked on is my Candy Cane Santa, I got a fair amount of progress in.
Last time:
To here:
As you can see, Santa has a full hand now (and looks less than one of those waving cats you can find in the Asian shops). and he has his candy cane and there is even a bis of the Christmas tree to see.

That's all I have for this month. Again, no work on my Wolf Kiss, but hopefully next month ;-)

Happy Stitching =)

Dienstag, 31. Oktober 2017

WIPocalypse - October

Considering how late I usually am for my monthly SALs, I am nearly on time when I am only two days late :D This wonderful SAL is hosted by Measi and you can find the link-up for this month here.

This months question is: How did you begin stitching?
I guess there are two answers for that. I first came across stitching in elementary school, I remember that we had to stitch bookmarks, just a few simple crosses and straight stitches in two or three colors. I created a small bookmark and liked it, but my teacher insisted, that it wasn't finished and forced me to add more things to it. It messed up the "proportions" of my bookmark (in my view) and I didn't (and still don't) like when people tell me when something that I created is not done (had some trouble with some art teachers). It's a bit like "I am doing this for me and I like it and I don't want to change it the way you like it unless it's something I do" or something like that. Anyway, the lady forced me to "ruin" my bookmark, so I didn't pick up the needle again (very consequent girl - I think I was 7).
When I was 18 I was searching the internet for some knitting blogs and I found one blog that also featured some stitching. A lady did the Woodland Enchantress by Dimensions Gold and it was like the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! So I started to look up some stitchy stuff, I cam across the Dimensions kits and Haed and many many more. I found an old cross stitch kit in my mums cupboard and stitched this  (it was horrible - twisted crosses, not centered, the backstitching was awful) and then I bought my first Dimensions Gold kit (Paris Market - go big or go home) and a few months later my first Haed - and now I am here ;-)
Funny thing: I bought the Dimensions kit for Woodland Enchantress this spring and I think I will start das one next year - I just feel like I should stitch her because I owe her that because she was my introduction to this fabulous hobby ;-)

Ok, now for my progress, I really feel like I got a bunch of things done!
First up is an update on my Ride of the Yokai by Ruth Thompson. I finished the partial page I started and decided to add another row.
I went from here:
To here:
I added some 1890 stitches. The crosses are so tiny on 32ct, I always take some time to get used to it.

The next one I worked on is my Kreimhilds Revenge - as every month. I started page 29 and stitches half of it. I went from here:
To here:
So this is another 2230 stiches added to her, next month I will meet the halfway point! Yay!

The next huge project I took out is Crossing the Stream by Golden Kite. It is currently on my frame and I will share another picture next month.
I went from here:
To here:
I added some 1100 stitches so far, it's the getting used to 32ct thing again... but I am fine with it by now and will work on this for a few more days.

I also stitched a small Just Nan design . it's a cute little Halloween Mouse!
It's a bit complicated to take a picture of her, but she is really cute =) It was my first Just Nan kit and it was so much fun, I'm glad I have a few more in my stash ;-)

The last project I worked on is my Mill Hill design called Hydrangeas. I finished all the cross stitching for the blossoms and now I am stitching the leaves. I went from here:
To here:
I hope my November progress will be as good as my October progress, maybe I can finish the leaves and start beading in December, I love beading! =)

I think that's all I have for now! I am well over 5 000 stitches for this month, so I am truly happy =)

Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 22. Oktober 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - October

Oh my, as every month - I am late for the GGSAL, this time I am a whole week late! And I don't even have a lot to show to make up for that. It was just a super busy month, I had a week off from work, but I spent it cleaning the house, reorganizing my bookshelves and getting my garden ready for winter and so I just didn't get a lot of stitching done. I didn't even get everything done in that week, the garden was not completely ready because we had a lot of rain (I should have known - I cleaned the windows and the next week we had a storm and my windows are dirty again...), so I spent the last weekend in the garden as well and didn't get around to posting for GG SAL.

Anyway, here is my only project for this month - my Map of Middle Earth.
I went from here:
To here:
I added another 2000 stitches, so we have a total of 40 000 stitches done now. The writings "Forodwaith" and "Hithaeglir" are now finished and Angmar now made an appearance. The last column I stitched was really confetti heavy and it took me a week to do that!

I didn't get any work done on Santa, I really hope to be better next month! But there are a lot of other people out there who managed a lot of progress for this months GG SAL - just take a look over here at the link-up =)

Happy stitching =)

Montag, 2. Oktober 2017

WIPocalypse - September

Wow, I actually managed to be a whole week late with my update :D I somehow thought that Septembers WIPocalypse would be on the 29th or 30th, but it was the 25th. Well, as every month - better late then never, right? ;-)

This wonderful SAL is hosted by Measi and you can find the link-up here. 
This months question is:  Which floss (or color of floss) do you absolutely adore and want to stash constantly?
Well, I normally work with DMC (due to all my Haeds) and I make sure to have plenty of that all the time :D Apart from that I stock a lot of Glissen Gloss Rainbow R000 to substitute Kreinik, I tried a few blending filaments and this is just my favorite one to use. Apart from that I don't use a lot of special threads, so I guess that's it ;-)

Well, I only have two projects to show this month, but I did manage a fair amount of progress on both!
First up as usual - my Kriemhild! I managed to finish page 28 :)
I went from here:
To here - page finish also means you get a full picture =)
Doesn't she look pretty =) And by now I am really close to the halfway mark now, I am so excited =)

The second project I worked on ist Whispers by Melanie Delon. This was my new year start for this year and I haven't worked on this since January, so I thought it was about time to pick it up again. I added another 4000 stitches and went from here:
To here:
I think the flowers look truly amazing and it is so much fun to stitch, a nice mix of confetti and and background stitching.

I picked up Supersized Ride of the Yokai last night, but I didn't get much done so far. I thought about making this month my supersized month and try to get some work into my huge projects (they will take their time to get done anyway...) ;-)

I guess that's it for this month =)
Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 17. September 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - September

Same procedure as every month - it's GGSAL time and I am two days late for it :D I planned to post this update on Saturday, so I would only have been one day late, but I was just so busy yesterday. You know summer is nearly over and all my lovely flowers in the garden are looking a bit dull by now, so I decided to pick up some autumn flowers and so I spent a lot of time in the garden yesterday.
Anyway, a late update is still better than no update and I actually do have a bit to show this month! This wonderful SAL is hosted by Jo and you can find the link-up here.

As for my progress, the first thing I have to share is bad news. I wanted to pick up In the Moonlight and work on it for a few days, but I noticed, that I made a mistake - the fabric orientation is wrong... I can't believe that I didn't notice this when I started! Now the fabric is actually to short =/ I am happy that I am "just" 3500 stitches in, but it still put me down. I already cut a new piece of fabric because I definitely want to restart this. But I just couldn't push myself to do this right now.

Sine I was super determined to stitch one of my Wolf designs and In the Moonlight was out, I decided to take out my Wolf Kiss and I made some nice progress on this - the needle just flew through this =)
I went from here:
To here:
The second wolf now has an eye and I also decided to add the back stitching to both eyes and I think it looks lovely =)

The second project I want to share is my Map of Middle Earth. I was aiming for a page finish, but there are still 800 stitches left on page 5, But I will definitely have them done by next month. I am at 38 000 stitches now - so I am past the halfway point on my first row of pages!
I went from here:
To here:
I added 6 000 stitches this year and I really hope to add a few more (at least 4 000).

The last one I have to show - as every month - is Candy Cane Santa.
I went from here:
To here:
Santa is getting a hand! Yay! But actually, it makes Santa look even more creepy... :D Perhaps it will get better once he has that candy cane :D

Ok that's it for this month, I am off to stitch now =)

Donnerstag, 31. August 2017

WIPocalypse - August

As usual - I am larte for my WIPocalypse update, but at least it is still in August!
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to show this time, I was just so busy with work and most evenings I was really done and did not spent to much time stitching. This actually fits this months question:

How do you get yourself out of a stitching drought?
Ah well, I just wait. I think, as there are days, where I can't put my needle down, there must be days where I don't want to pick it up at all. I try my best not to push myself when it comes to stitching. Sometimes I read an amazing book, so when I pick up my needle I am thinking like "ah well, I'd rather be reading" and then I just put the needle down and read a bit. 
The only big crisis I had was when I had a terrible break up a few years ago and I didn't feel like doing anything at all. After a few days of just doing nothing and being miserable (you know those "everything reminds me of him"-thoughts?) I just decided to try and start something completely new, a new pattern and a new start free from any memories and that actually did the trick. 

If you want to read how other people manage their stitching droughts or take a look at their progress for last month, you can find the link-up here.

As for this months progress, as I said, it is not to much. The first thing I want to show you is my new start, which is also my first Gecko Rouge project! It is called "Sloth" by Eya Claire Floyd. It is rather small with 134x178, so a total of 23 852 stitches. I am working this on 18ct Aida, 2 over 1 full cross.
So far, I did some 2 400 so far and it looks pretty awesome! I can't wait to get back to this one!
Here is what I have so far:
And as a reminder, here is what it is supposed to look like:
It may not look like it, but there was a lot of confetti in the actual sloth, so it took a while to stitch. I am stitching 89 stitches high, which is half of the total height, and hope to get the first quarter done this year. 

The second project I worked on was my Cliff Side Beacon by Dimensions. I took this one on vacation with me, so it got a bit of love. I am now done with the sky now, finally!
I went form here:
To here:
Not much, but every stitch counts, right? I am on a conference next week and I think I will take this one with me, so I will hopefully get some more done for next month.

Another tiny progress I have to show is on my Mill Hill kit called Hydrangeas. I added a few stitches and went from here:
To here:

Last but not least, I currently have my Kreimhilds Revenge on my frame. I only added some 800 stitches, but I plan to continue on her for a few more days and columns.
I went from here:
To here:
Ok, I think that's it for this month. I worked on various things, but I didn't get much done on any of them, so it doesn't really feel like progress. 

Ok, I will get some stitching done now!
Happy stitching =)